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VALKE VS STEVAL PUMAS (Pre-Season Friendly) | 05 June 2014 (Kempton Park)

Coach Jimmy Stonehouse and the STEVAL PUMAS are officially embarking on the road to the 2014 ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division on Friday when they play their first "friendly" against the Valke.

STEVAL PUMAS VS LIMPOPO BLUE BULLS 05 April 2014 , New Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane This time around the young guns and players used to the bench during the Vodacom Cup will get the chance to show off their talent as the coaching team picket a 23 man team with a few newcomers.

The strong Lock Frikkie Spies arrived back from the French Pro D2 team Tarbes joins the squad on the bench. Mr consistent, Marius Coetzer will pair up with the young Marco Kruger in the Locks paring for the match. Also up front, former Bulls & Lion JJ Breet gets his chance in the number seven jersey while Pieter Stemmett on trial from the EP Kings will start next Swys du Toit in the front Row anchored by Vincent Koch on the other side.

Former PUMAS u21 star Johan Pretorius starts in the number nine jersey with JC Roos on Fly-half. Dewald Pretorius and Ashwin Scott are the centre pairing and Marcello Sampson fully recovered from his injuries and Deon Scholtz on the wings. The young exciting Blitzbok Ruwellyn Isbell get's his chance to shine on full back in the

Brian Shabangu starts from the bench and one of the players with a point to prove is Jaco Bouwer who will start in the number 6 jersey with the legendary Doppies Le Roux at number 8. Another youngster joining the team on trial from the Impi coached by John Mitchell is Adam Wessels who will be starting from the bench.

Missing out on the opportunity to impress coach Stonehouse is Sabelo Nhlapo who is currently out for 8 weeks with a torn triceps muscle. Trompie Pretorius is still on the sideline with his injury but the Rocket Rosko Specman is back on Monday after the injury he sustained during his stint with the Blitzbokke.

The game will be played as a friendly and the rolling substitute system will be in affect.

THE TEAM:
15. Ruwellyn Isbell
14. Deon Scholtz
13. Ashwin Scott
12. Dewald Pretorius
11. Marcello Sampson
10. JC Roos
9. Johan Pretorius
8. Doppies le Roux
7. JJ Breet
6. Jaco Bouwer
5. Marius Coetzer
4. Marco Kruger
3. Pieter Stemmett
2. Swys du Toit
1. Vincent Koch

THE BENCH:
16. Frank Hern
17. Dee-Jay Terblanche
18. Frikkie Spies
19. Adam Wessels
20. Brian Shabangu
21. Reynier van Rooyen
22. Bernardo Botha
23. Justin van Staden

Head Coach: Jimmy Stonehouse
Manager: Marius Van Rensburg
Assistant Coach: MJ Mentz
Team Doctor: Kobus Hugo
Physiotherapist: Luzahn Louw

The match starts 15:00 on Friday 5 June at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park. Tickets are available at the stadium.

Jay J Botes | PUMAS Communication | 5 June 2014

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